Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

Even thought it is technically April, Mother Nature just refuses to let it be Spring. I am watching tiny snowflakes dance around my yard as I write this and this kind of weather makes me want soup!

So naturally, I go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have to make soup. Do you ever do this? Just make up recipes based on what you have on hand? I do all the time, actually that probably makes up over 80% of my recipes. They don’t always turn out amazing, but it usually gives me a base to work with and improve on every time.

This recipe hit the bulls eye on the first try! It is perfect comfort food for cold days, but has a taste of freshness to hint to warmer days coming and fresh veggies right out of the garden. It is also cheap….and that is right up my alley. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat good and tasty food!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

After gathering the ingredients and grilling the corn, peppers and chicken, it is all easy peasy from there! Melt the butter in a pot and sautee the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent. Add the broth and potatoes and simmer until they are tender. Puree 1/4 of the potatoes and liquid (or more if you like thicker soup). Return puree to pot and add corn, peppers and chicken. Let the flavors mesh together by simmering for 20-30 minutes (your house will smell amazing by the way)! Add milk, cumin, chili peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer another 15 minutes to heat and you are done!

Serve with a nice crisp salad and buns and you have the perfect dinner for a cozy night in watching movies!


Meal Planning on a Budget

I went to the grocery store this morning and was super happy with some “discount” finds! I am always trying to keep my weekly grocery budget under $40.00 ($30 is always my goal) and looking for recipe inspiration isn’t always cheap! 

They say the most brilliant, creative ideas come out of poverty, so the way I look at it, if I only bring $40 to the store, I am going to come up with the best ideas on how to spend it and make it go as far as I can! 

Today I spent $35.00 and my meal plan is as follows (some stuff I already have and that was all taken into consideration when making my list…..I am always planning!) 

  • Steak Roll Ups with peppers, onions and a big salad
  • Cauliflower crust pizza with cheese, olives and tomatoes 
  • Turkey tacos in corn shells, lettuce, tomato, refried beans and cheese
  • BBQ sausage with fried apples and potatoes 
  • Cheese omelettes with a big salad

I will still have lots left over for snacks 🙂 Keep an eye for some of these recipes later this week!

How I Eat Healthy AND Cheap!

My husband has been telling me for years that I should write a book on how to eat well on a Budget. There are only 2 of us, but we can eat like a king and queen for $30.00 a week!

A lot of factors go into this grocery budget. Here are a couple of tricks I use when planning my grocery list:

  1. First, and this may seem totally obvious to some of you, but plan, plan, plan! Check all of the flyers to see what’s on sale. I always have an ongoing list of recipes and ideas I want to try on Pinterest so when salmon goes on sale, I have a recipe ready to try and know what other ingredients to buy. Then I figure out how much of the other ingredients will be left over and work then into another recipe. We never have wasted food in this house!
  2. Make a meal plan every week! I always know what is on the menu. This helps to remind me to take meat out of the freezer, pick veggies out of the garden before work or precook if I can. Nothing like coming home after a long, tough day at work and staring in the fridge for something to eat. That almost always leads to ordering pizza 🍕and that isn’t healthy or cheap!
  3. We do not eat a lot (if any) of processed or sugary foods. Although processed food can be cheap, you are spending the same money for one meal then you would for fresh ingredients to make a meal for two or more with leftovers if you plan it right.
  4. Farmers Markets can be your best friend! Not only are you directly helping to feed other families by buying local, but you are saving money on fruits and veggies that will last longer in your fridge eliminating waste. We eat a lot of fruits and veggies here, and the produce at the grocery store isn’t all great, and it can be really expensive. We try to buy all of our produce at the market on Fridays and because it is so fresh, it never goes bad by the end of the week.
  5. This one took me a while to get into, but shop off the discount rack. I have picked up a lot of apples, potatoes and other great veggies that have a long shelf life off the discount rack for a dollar. Same with meat, although to be honest I never buy discounted chicken, that just scares me. But I call tell you that almost every time we have steak, if it isn’t from the butchers it is off the discount rack 😁
  6. Grow whatever you can yourself! If it were up to me, I would have chickens for eggs and cows for milk in the backyard. We are trying to live a more sustainable life lately and I think this really is the key to healthy affordable living!

I hope that some of you can use some of these tips when planning your grocery list!